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'[TECH]:: Countdown to the Perseid Meteor Shower'
|>From Space Weather:
Space Weather News for August 5, 2008
COUNTDOWN TO THE PERSEIDS: The annual Perseid meteor shower
peaks one week from today, on Tuesday, August 12th. The best
time to look is during the dark hours before dawn on Tuesday
morning when forecasters expect 50 to 100 meteors per hour.
Get away from city lights if you can; plan a camping trip!
The darker the sky, the more meteors you will see.
The source of the Perseids is Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has
littered the August portion of Earth's orbit with space
dust. The dusty zone is broad and Earth is already in its
outskirts. As a result, even before the peak on August
12th, you may see some "early Perseids" streaking across the
night sky. Photos of these early arrivals will be featured
in the days ahead on http://Spaceweather.com as part of our
full coverage of the Perseid meteor shower.
BONUS: Last Friday's total solar eclipse is history, but
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